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Anatomy of child starvation deaths

 By Kathyayini Chamaraj

The shocking facts about the maladministration that led to the recent deaths of severely malnourished children in Raichur and Mysore districts of Karnataka. Fifty per cent of Karnataka’s 0-6 age-group suffers from various stages of malnutrition, with many on the verge of death

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When they shoot our parents, can we remain in school?

The Orissa government has objected to children joining the anti-Posco agitations when they should be in school. Shouldn’t the government be more concerned about the 29,000 vacancies in primary schools and the fact that police forces have occupied many schools, asks P Sainath

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Saving Baby Babu

By Swapna Majumdar

About 250 newborns die every day in Bihar. But Bihar’s new Sick Newborn Care Units, which cater to over 90,000 infants every year, have helped bring the Infant Mortality Rate down from 56 per 1,000 births in 2008 to 52 per 1,000 in 2009, just 2 points above the national average

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Children in the pits

By Kathyayini Chamaraj

Children as young as 10 are working in mines in Bellary district of Karnataka, recent studies and public hearings report. It is the children of displaced and homeless families who are exploited most by the mining mafia

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Confining childhood in India

By Havovi Wadia

Do child rights activists need to step out of the boxes of ‘development’, ‘survival’, ‘protection’ and ‘participation’ into which they have confined India’s children? Do we need to interrogate child rights programming and the somewhat limiting notions of childhood around which it is built?

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In the line of fire

Thousands of children from the Gothi Koya tribe in conflict-torn Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh have become the most tragic and innocent victims of the violence between the state and the insurgents. Rajashri Dasgupta travelled to Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh where the administration has set up residential schools for these orphans and refugees

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Nipped in the bud

By Kathyayini Chamaraj

Child marriage still flourishes, as a recent public hearing revealed. How should the problem be dealt with? By making all marriages under the age of 18 for girls and 21 for boys invalid, instead of only those resulting from force or trafficking as at present? Or by public education the way 12 dalit women who bring out a monthly magazine in Andhra Pradesh called Navodayam do it?

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No juvenile courts in J&K

Text & Photos: Dilnaz Boga

Minors in Jammu & Kashmir are arrested under the stringent Public Safety Act for offences such as stone-pelting and incarcerated in jails together with adults. With neither a functioning Juvenile Justice Act nor juvenile courts for young offenders as in other parts of the country, these children emerge from jail traumatised and radicalised

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A lost generation in Jammu's refugee camps

By Anju Munshi

For 19 years, Kashmiri Pandits living in refugee camps in Jammu have seen no change in their poor living conditions. Riddled by disease, crammed into one-room tenements, and rendered unemployable by poor education and lack of employment opportunities, a whole generation has grown up angry, depressed and alienated

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Leaving the salt pans to go to school

Children rescued from labour and given an education have seen a dramatic change in their lives. Usha Rai reports after hearing the rescued children speak at the recent National Convention on Right to Education and Abolition of Child Labour

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Little justice for juveniles

By Sriranjini Vadiraj

Children picked up for theft and assault are lodged at observation homes. Children in need of care and protection, including runaways, end up here too. What are the conditions in these homes? Has the Juvenile Justice Act passed eight years ago made any difference? This article finds out

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The hi-tech seeds of child labour

By Sujata Madhok

The fallout of Bt cotton cultivation in Gujarat has been a rapid increase in acreage under cotton, a spurt in cotton exports and consequently, a huge demand for child labourers from neighbouring states

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Children speak up

By Monideepa Sahu

The Karnataka government has passed an order making it mandatory for panchayats in the state to offer children a platform to voice their concerns and problems, through special children's gram sabhas

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Children as chattel

By Shelley Seale

Ashikul Islam and Sahiful Mondal are child labourers who today live at Muktaneer, a home for destitute boys in Kolkata. They are the lucky ones who found a refuge and rehabilitation, and went on to make an award-winning film. There are over 44 million child labourers in India

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On the streets where they live?...

By Neeta Lal

Delhi enjoys India's highest per capita income and lowest percentage of people living below the poverty line. Yet Delhi ranks first among 35 other cities in crimes against children. A recent survey reveals the exploitation and abuse suffered by Delhi's 5 million working and street children

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The missing face of AIDS

By Shelley Seale

Yesu Babu of Vambay Colony in Vijayawada is 12. He has lost both his parents to AIDS. His younger brother is positive. There are almost 2 million AIDS orphans like him in India. But the national and global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in India has virtually ignored children

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Giving children a voice in the media

By Kavita Ratna

Children are often said to be the 'future' of the country. The fact is they are citizens today. The media must provide space for children's expressions, needs and rights. It must draw up guidelines for the representation of children to prevent sensationalism, exploitation and invasion of privacy

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CSOs demand a more comprehensive child marriage bill

By Rashme Sehgal

CSOs protest the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, which places the onus of declaring a child marriage void on the child herself or her parents, and scarcely goes further than the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929

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'Donors are stuck in sympathy mode': Ingrid Srinath

By Lisa Batiwalla

CRY, which has just changed its nomenclature from Child Relief and You to Child Rights and You, is trying to bring about an attitudinal change to children's issues, from charity-focused to issue-based support. It has also changed its approach to middle class citizens -- from merely asking them to write out a cheque to getting them to volunteer to advocate the cause of child rights, says Ingrid Srinath, CEO of CRY

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Child abuse in Mumbai: A tourist's report

By Neil Carless

Young, sick infants are carted around in polystyrene boxes and produced to extract money from sympathetic tourists. This South Mumbai scam is perpetrated right under the noses of the local police

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